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Fact remains that your entire defence infrastructure failed, mostly to do with confusion regarding the drills taking place that day to do with hijacked aircraft.
American Airlines Flight 11's transponder signal is turned off but the plane remains on radar screens.
In accordance with federal aviation protocol, Boston Center traffic control managers started notifying their chain of command that American 11 had been hijacked.
THE 9 MINUTE STANDDOWN?
The Northeast American Defense Sector (NEADS) of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is notified of the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Boston Center Control. The controller requests military help to intercept the aircraft.
F-15 fighter jets are dispatched from Otis Air Force Base in Mass., but because Flight 11's transponder is off, Air Force pilots do not know which direction to travel to meet the plane. NEADS personnel spend the next several minutes watching their radar scopes waiting for Flight 11 to reappear.